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Ric Testani’s Wonderful Watermelon Lady

Ric Testani, a customer/student of many of my lessons, shared these photos of a watermelon lady that he created for the 2014 South Beach Wine and Food Festival. The head is carved out of watermelon while the body features a variety of fruits and vegetables.

The event was held in February (I know, I know it’s taken me a long time to get around to sharing this) in South Florida and over 64,000 people attended the food-filled festivities. The Food Network-hosted festival, which began in 2002, featured over 300 chefs and winemakers at this year’s event.

You can see that the “lady’s” head was carved from watermelon. Above her face, Ric cleverly carved a rose and added greens to look like a stylish hat.


Ric with his life-sized fruit and veggie lady.

Along with his photos, Ric explained in his email how he created his watermelon lady carving,

Her arms were made out of Dandelion leaves, her shoulders were curly chickaree, the body was a variety of purple Kale, Red Kale, Swiss chard, Collard Greens, I needed to work with heavy, tough leaves because of the blistering heat and the fact it was out on the beach. Though I did have a large garden sprayer filled with iced water that we kept spraying her down with to keep her moist to prevent wilting. Her boobs were made out of the fruit called Mamas. I did carve them to look like a bra. Her necklace was hot peppers. Her hands were large golden beets. The form for the body was made out of pipes and a plastic type chicken wire. I thought you would enjoy seeing this. “

Ric's watermelon lady was featured at the Exquisite Catering booth at the festival.

Ric’s watermelon lady was featured at the Exquisite Catering booth at the festival.

If you want to learn to carve roses on watermelons, check out my lessons, Carving Watermelons, Roses, Buds and Leaves. To learn to carve logos and patterns onto watermelons like Ric did for his table display, then you will love my lessons, Carving Letters and Words #1 and #2.


One more look at Ric’s imaginative fruit and vegetable creation.

I’ll bet that Ric’s watermelon lady was enjoyed by all who saw it at the South Beach Food and Wine Festival.

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